We are a multi-disciplinary unit based in the Faculty of Health Sciences. Our current primary aim is to enhance the quality of education across the Faculty and in all teaching facilities used by the Faculty. We seek to achieve this mission through
- advising and facilitating curriculum reviews and restructuring
- offering continuous professional development of staff in their roles as educators
- promoting the effective use of Educational Technology
- facilitating and conducting Health Sciences education research
At the end of 2017, the Education Development Unit in the DHSE held a session for course conveners to hear how we could support them in 2017, what with the mini-semester and a series of condensed courses lying ahead. Based on the needs expressed in that session arranged by Elmi Badenhorst and Busayo Ige, the EDU and the Writing Lab put their heads together to create a series of survival guides for course conveners
Innovation won the day at the Faculty’s 8th annual Celebrating Health Sciences Education Conference this year. The Faculty’s creative and inquiring minds shared how they have addressed some vexing educational challenges. The award for the best presentation went to Jaisubash Jayakumar for his paper on “Innovative Strategies for Enhanced Learning of Immunology”. Dr Jayakumar designed a technology based solution that supports students’ learning and combats the negative perceptions that first year students can develop if they struggle while learning immunology for the first time.
In celebrating Health Sciences, the Department of Health Sciences Education (DHSE) will be hosting a conference on 04 August 2016, from 08:00 t0 16:30. The focus will be on the past, present and future of Health Sciences Education.
Vula, UCT's online collaboration and learning environment, is used to support UCT courses as well as other UCT-related groups and communities. The word "Vula" means "open", and refers to the many possibilities provided by Vula, as well as its Open Source origins. Vula is jointly developed with other universities worldwide as part of the Sakai Project. Sakai is one of the software projects being developed and maintained by the Apereo Foundation, an organisation with members drawn from higher education whose mission is to help educational organisations deliver their mission, by developing and sustaining open source software.
Francois Cilliers recently spent two days in Windhoek working with staff from the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Namibia.
Hosted by the newly established Department of Health Sciences Education, this year’s 7th Annual Health Research Day was an historic event. A space to engage with both innovative practice and research being done in the Faculty, the Day tapped in to the on-going discussion spurred by the Rhodes Must Fall movement.
Based on the theme “Rhodes Has Fallen, Now What?” the day-long programme began with a welcome from Deputy Dean Professor Gonda Perez and a keynote address titled Transformation: Issues in Health Sciences Education by Associate Professor Collet Dandara, of the Division of Human Genetics. Read more about the Research Day 2015 here]
The Education Development Unit (EDU), in the Faculty of Health Sciences, has launched a new course to assist lecturers with incorporating e-learning tools into their teaching.
You are cordially invited to submit abstracts of papers about aspects of Health Sciences Education i.e. undergraduate education, postgraduate education and continuing professional development.
The deadline for submissions is 27 July 2015.To register, please click here.
March 9-13 marked Open Education Week globally. Here at UCT, few people on campus seemed to know about it. The special function organized by the OER team attracted only 25 people on the day despite T-shirts to celebrate the occasion and many platters of delicious food.
Equipping family physician trainees as teachers: a qualitative evaluation of a twelve-week module on teaching and learning:
Marietjie R de Villiers, Francois J Cilliers, Francois Coetzee, Nicoline Herman, Martie van Heusden and Klaus B von Pressentin
It is now 6 years since the launch of the iPad by Apple. The graph shows the explosive acceptance of it with growing and declining popularity. Among the material influences on the varying iPad sales gradients are the increasingly versatile smartphones and the variety of touchpads and tablets now generally available, as well as the so-called detachables.